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CALADIUM 'Florida Moonlight'

Image of Caladium 'Florida Moonlight' PP14565

James Burghardt

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'Florida Moonlight' PP14565

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Fancy-leaved Caladium, Florida Moonlight Caladium

General Description

Fancy-leaved caladiums are tuberous tropical perennials grown for their lush clumps of broad colorful heart-shaped leaves. The cultivar 'Florida Moonlight' has large powder-white leaves with pale green veining and margins. The leaves are borne on upright stalks that arise directly from the rounded tuber. This cultivar is one of many developed at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

All caladiums thrive in warm, fertile, moist soil with good drainage. Their roundish tubers rot in cool damp soil. Like most fancy-leaved hybrids, 'Florida Moonlight' requires considerable shade to protect its foliage from sun scorch (in contrast, strap-leaved hybrids have narrower, more sun-tolerant foliage). Plants go dormant in prolonged dry weather, but are nearly evergreen where conditions remain warm and moist year-round.

Caladiums are perfect for brightening shady areas and combining with blooming plants. Where hardy, use them as garden accents, or mass them as showy ground covers. In temperate zones tubers can be dug in fall and stored in a dry airy place until spring, or potted plants can be over-wintered indoors. Potted tubers benefit from having their main bud removed, which results in leafier, denser growth.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No